The Reading Blues Fest is proud to be presenting Chicago Plays the Stones during the second annual Reading Blues Fest.
The special concert set for Saturday, Nov. 17, will feature Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch, another to-be-announced headliner and the Living History Band. The show also will feature another Chicago legendary band Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials.
The concert tour will be a follow-up to the release of the new album Chicago Plays The Stones is planned for September.
The record features 12 all-new recordings of iconic Rolling Stones songs such as Satisfaction, Let It Bleed and Angie re-imagined in the Chicago blues style and features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Buddy Guy along with today’s greatest Chicago blues artists such as Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch, John Primer and Billy Boy Arnold and others backed by the Living History Band.
The all-star album was produced by three-time Grammy nominee Larry Skoller in partnership with the Chicago Blues Experience and inspired by the Chicago residency of the Rolling Stones’ 54-year-spanning, world-touring exhibit Exhibitionism — plays like a swaggering answer to the Stones’ Blue and Lonesome, but in fact was conceived prior to the Rolling Stones release.
The live performance of Chicago Plays The Stones features Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch — a third headliner to be named for the Reading Blues Fest — and a band with Chicago veteran musicians. It will be available in 2018 only and feature:
1) Music by the titans of Chicago blues such as Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf to show how The Rolling Stones were inspired and influenced by Chicago blues
2) Songs by The Stones from the album Chicago Plays The Stones that have been rearranged in Chicago blues style
3) Ronnie Baker Brooks and Billy Branch sharing with the audience their connection to The Stones and blues and their own personal experience and influence from The Stones
4) The finale will be a mix of Stones and Muddy Waters
The highly entertaining show will illustrate the indelible and lasting influence Chicago blues has had on the “world’s greatest rock and roll band” who have directly impacted popular culture as we know it today.